Chelsea have been handed a massive boost in the lead up to the Europa League final as N’Golo Kante has returned to full training.
Kante was forced off with an injured hamstring early into the Blues’ game with Watford in their penultimate game of the season.
It was feared that the Frenchman would go onto miss the final, but now it looks like he was recovered just in time to be fully fit and firing for the meeting with Arsenal.
Look who’s back in training! 💪 pic.twitter.com/gUutx8ZG3A
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 20, 2019
Kante has been a mainstay in the side all season and is clearly one of Chelsea’s most important players given what he offers the team in the midfield area.
Chelsea have been really unlucky with injuries as of late. Callum Hudson-Odoi and Antonio Rudiger both suffered serious injuries and will miss several months of action.
Then in a post-season friendly with New England Revolution, Ruben Loftus-Cheek ruptured his Achilles tendon in his ankle, which means the midfielder will also miss the final next Wednesday.
This makes the news of Kante’s return all the more important, as Chelsea would have been really hamstrung in the centre of midfield going into the final had the 28-year-old also been ruled out of the game with Arsenal.
Key battles that could decide the Europa League final
Giroud vs Koscielny
Giroud could be given the chance to lead the line once again and his former Arsenal team-mate Koscielny will no doubt be watching closely.
Hazard vs Maitland-Niles
Hazard is Chelsea’s main man and could come up against the young Maitland-Niles.
Lacazette vs Luiz
Lacazette has enjoyed a strong second half of the season and can be clinical in front of goal.
Aubameyang vs Emerson
If Aubameyang plays out wide then Emerson could be given the task of keeping up with the pacey Gabon star.